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Ag News and Views: August 2007

Are You An Old Dog?

The 17th Annual Southern Plains Beef Symposium will take place on Saturday, Aug. 11 at the Ardmore Convention Center in Ardmore, Okla.

Fertilizing Winter Pastures - Does it Pay?

Since fertilizer prices remain at all-time highs, many producers ponder the question, "Is it worth it to fertilize winter pasture?" I'll try to answer that in the space below.

Hay Quality After Rainfall

Haying has been a real challenge with the frequent rains we've experienced. The consensus among the Agricultural Division's consulting teams is that most of the hay put up so far this summer has had at least one rain fall on it before baling.

Rain... Rain... and More Rain

What a tremendous year 2007 has been for forage growth. Plants that have been drought-stressed in past years are finally beginning to recover. However, it will most likely take more than one growing...

Receiving Texas' Wildlife Property Tax Classification

The amount of land managed for wildlife in Texas has exploded in the past 20 years and is increasing in other states across the country as well. For many farms and ranches in Texas, it's a wildlife enterprise that allows the family to remain in agriculture.

Weather-related Horticulture Tips for August

There is no doubt that enough precipitation has fallen to ensure the establishment of newly sodded lawns. Many seeded lawns haven't fared so well as torrential rains have washed seed from the soil.